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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Organizing My Leftover Paint

Today is a happy, happy birthday to a very close friend of mine who is actually my partner in DIY crime much of the time. Happy Birthday Amber and just know, you may not read my blog tomorrow or Thursday. It's both days because I'm just not sure when I'll be posting my super secret project yet. I'm serious, no peeking.
 Since I've been on such an organizing kick lately, I thought I'd share a quick little project I did to organize my leftover paint. I have enough paint in my home to supply a small store, and I'm always shopping for more. Some women love shoes, some love purses...I love paint, okay paint & power tools. Yes, I might have a slight infatuation with all things power.....and tools. Stick around  long enough and I'm sure you'll hear all about it.
I was reading my blog role some time back and came upon one of the greatest ideas I'd ever seen for organizing paint leftovers. I love paint and I love labeling anything I can get my hands on so this was going to be the perfect solution for me!
Okay so this is not my paint hoard, but you can bet it looked pretty close to this. 

Brooklyn Limestone has an amazing post on how she organizes her leftover paint annnnnd if that's not cool enough, she also offers a free downloadable label you can use that she designed herself. Go check out her site to get the label and stick around awhile to check out her projects. Her design work is truly beautiful and she has enough DIY projects to keep you busy for quite some time. The mail center is one of my absolute favorites.
 I modified mine from hers just a bit since I didn't want to go out and buy any cans to do this. I used some of the many, many mason jars I have lying around. It ups the pretty factor for me and is still useful. Win-win.
I don't have any before shots of my my paint disaster area, which is probably a good thing. I have noticed that since I began painting furniture, signs and anything else I can get my hands on, my 'area' to store product keeps growing. We have settled on a spot in the basement as of now but I have a feeling it may grow yet again.
I printed off her download, which gives you 4 labels per sheet, and cut them out. I began emptying my leftover paint into quart size Ball jars. Then it's as simple as slapping the labels on the jars with whatever type of tape you like and you're organized!
There's a place on the labels for you to put a sample of the color, the name, the finish, where you've used it and when you purchased it. All the information you could want right in one place.
Perfect labels...minus the horrible handwriting :)
I will never have to wonder what color I used on something again
 My paint supply is looking much better these days and I have a few more sheets of labels printed off waiting to be used. In the mean time I'll leave you with a few pictures of my new, improved paint supply area.
Here's some of the spray paint collection:
"One of these things just doesn't belong, now it's time to play our game..." Music from sesame street. Sorry, couldn't resist :)
And here's a shot of everything all together:
Okay, so it's not a pretty basement, but it sure is a pretty picture of organized paint. Now I just have to add the rest of the paint cans to that bottom shelf and hope it holds.
Until next time!


  1. Brilliant and so pretty in the jars. Now you look like the queen of organization and I had to pin it.

    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  2. Thanks Tracy! I'm kind of an organized freak. Plus....any excuse to use mason jars & I'm in. Thanks for stopping by & seeing me! Have a wonderful day.

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  7. Consider keeping/storing a mixture of leftover paints for future paint projects. The mixture will tend to be a neutral blend and may be usable for undercoat. When you store paint the opening should be covered with plastic wrap. Then close the lid and use a mallet to seal the lid. Store the paint can upside down to prevent drying out and store in a cool dry area.


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